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Red Sox beat the Angels again, 7-5

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  August 18, 2010 07:03 PM

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Game over: Red Sox 7, Angels 5

Papelbon locked it down for his 30th save. He struck out Kendrick and Napoli before pinch hitter Erick Aybar struck out looking. Sox pitchers did not allow a hit in the final four innings.

That's a perfect 9-0 on the season for the Sox against the Angels. Take away those games and the Sox are 60-52. One of the many strange stats in this strange season.

Back later with a report from the clubhouse.

Top of the 9th: Red Sox 7, Angels 5

Ortiz walked before Beltre grounded into a force and Lowell popped to second. The Sox have left 11 on base, seven in scoring position. But they hand a two-run lead to their closer.

There have been 22 hits in the game, 12 for extra bases.

Bottom of the 8th, Red Sox 7, Angels 5

The Sox have tried to Papelproof the game by scoring an insurance run. Scutaro doubled to right, moved to third on a bunt by Pedroia, and scored on a single by Martinez.

Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 6, Angels 5

Bard walked Callaspo with one out. Then Hunter flied to center, Callaspo stole second and Matsui walked.

With two outs, Izturis hit a sinking liner to left. Nava broke in and made a diving catch with his glove on the grass. It saved a run and ended the inning.

Amazingly, he got up and isn't hurt.

They'll turn a lead over to Papelbon, who would face Kendrick, Napoli, and Mathis unless Scioscia uses a pinch hitter.

Bottom of the 7th: Red Sox 6, Angels 5

Kevin Jepsen, the Angels' version of Hideki Okajima, just hit Nava with an 0-2 pitch to force in the go-ahead run. Then Kalish grounded into a double play to end the inning.

Bard in to pitch.

Just a reminder, of Jonathan Papelbon's six blown saves, three have cost John Lackey a victory.

Bottom of the 7th: Angels 5, Red Sox 5

Wild pitch scores VMart. Lowell then intentionally walked. Now Daniel Nava hits for McDonald as Francona plays the matchup game. Can the Grand Slam Kid do it again?

Bottom of the 7th: Angels 5, Red Sox 4

Lowell walks to load the bases. Francona pinch hits J.D. Drew for Bill Hall.

Bottom of the 7th: Angels 5, Red Sox 4

Beltre struck out on three pitches as Jepsen challenged him. Now RBI machine Mike Lowell has a shot.

Bottom of the 7th: Angels 5, Red Sox 4

Here come the Sox. Victor Martinez reached on an infield single that shocked his injured left thumb. But he stayed in the game after being checked out.

David Ortiz followed with a line-drive double to center, a scalding shot. Now second and third for the fearsome Beltre.

Middle of the 7th: Angels 5, Red Sox 4

OK, stop bashing Lackey. He has retired seven straight, three by strikeout. This is a "he gave us a chance to win" special and the Sox do indeed have a chance to win.

Five runs on 10 hits over seven innings isn't any good. But it's a heck of a lot better than being yanked in the fifth, which was nearly the case.

Kevin Jepsen in for the Angels.

Top of the 7th: Angels 5, Red Sox 4

Rodriguez struck out the side beyond a two-out walk by Scutaro.

Middle of the 6th: Angels 5, Red Sox 4

Lackey retired the side in order, giving him four outs in a row. Joyous fans are now carrying him down Yawkey Way on their shoulders in celebration.

Francisco Rodriguez, not the crazy Mets guy, now pitching for the Angels. A pedestrian outing by Kazmir: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K. He's lucky to have the lead.

Top of the 6th: Angels 5, Red Sox 4

Back come the Sox. Martinez doubled down the line in left and hustled in ahead of the tag. With one out, Adrian Beltre destroyed a ball to left center. He now has 23 homers and 84 RBIs. What a season.

Lowell popped to shallow left, the third baseman Callaspo making a sliding catch that had it involved the Red Sox would have led to dozens of broken ribs. Then Hall flied to right.

Top of the 5th: Angels 5, Red Sox 2

That escalated in a hurry. With two outs, Abreu sneaked a single into right past a diving Pedroia. Hunter then singled to right. Callaspo then homered inside the Pesky Pole, the ball deflecting off a fan but called a homer by umpire Jerry Crawford at first base.

Another rocky outing for John Lackey. He has allowed five runs on 10 hits, six of them for extra bases.

Top of the 5th: Angels 2, Red Sox 2

Bill Hall or Billy Baseball as he's known in the clubhouse hit a towering homer way over the billboards above the Monster Seats. That's No. 16 on the year for him.

McDonald followed with a single and stole second. But the Red Sox left him stranded. They've already left six on base, four in scoring position.

Middle of the 4th: Angels 2, Red Sox 1

Matsui doubled to center, a shot over the head of Kalish. He moved up on a groundout to first by Izturis and scored on a two-out single by Kendrick.

Kendrick was then thrown out stealing. Great throw by VMart and a better tag by Pedroia.

Top of the 4th: Angels 1, Red Sox 1

Ortiz led off the inning with a single to left as he continues to use the entire field with far more success than he has. But Beltre grounded into a double play before Lowell grounded to short.

Middle of the 3d: Angels 1, Red Sox 1

Napoli led off the inning with a home run into the Monster Seats, No. 20 on the year. Abreu doubled with one out, the ball touched by a fan leaning over the wall in left. But Willits and Callaspo grounded out to end the inning.

Top of the 3d: Red Sox 1, Angels 0

McDonald, who has been smacking the baseball of late, doubled with one out. Scutaro then walked with two outs. Pedroia singled sharply to right and third base coach Tim Bogar wisely held McDonald against the strong arm of Torii Hunter.

Martinez had a had a chance to extend the lead but struck out.

Middle of the 2d: Red Sox 1, Angels 0

Hunter started the inning with a single. Matsui grounded into a 6-3 double play before Izturis doubled after it appeared Lackey had struck him out looking on the previous pitch. No problem, Lackey got Kendrick to ground to short.

That's 16.1 innings and three earned runs against his former team for Lackey this season.

Top of the 2d: Red Sox 1, Angels 0

Shaky start for Kazmir. He walked Pedroia, who stole second and went to third on a throwing error by catcher Jeff Mathis. Kazmir then issued a two-out walk to David Ortiz, who was 9 for 51 against him.

Adrian Beltre then hit a rocket into left field for a single, giving him 81 RBIs on the season. Lowell also hit a line drive, but right at the shortstop.

Middle of the 1st: Angels 0, Red Sox 0

Abreu popped to left. Willits then doubled down the line in left. Callaspo lined to short, Willits was way off the bag, and Scutaro doubled him off on his way back to the dugout.

Top of the 1st: Angels 0, Red Sox 0

Good evening from Fenway, where it's a bit overcast but otherwise nice. It'll be Scott Kazmir against John Lackey as the Red Sox try to extend their ownership of the Angels.

Hope you enjoy the game and, please, feel free to add your comments.

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